This is a great IDM/Minimal Techno/Downtempo excursion into beat-based, rhythmic sound. I’ve used it on 2 road trips already, along with several cups of Starbucks Dark Roast, to keep my attention focused on the road ahead.
As a primarily Ambient fan, the intricate aural weaving of minimal techno soundscapes intrigues me to the point of regular play-back whilst behind the wheel: whether it’s the sub-base lines vibrating through the leather seats – or my fingertips tapping the dash @ the 12 o’clock position of my steering wheel, this is a keeper for anyone’s auto-collection.
Thanks, Martin & Esko!
And many thanks, too, to Sandrine @ Ultimae for alerting me to this, pre-release
Inspired by the unique landscapes and lights from the Ligurian region, Serpentines & Valleys presents several months of collaborative work between composers and producers, Martin Nonstatic (Martin Van Rossum, Netherlands) and Esko Barba (Marcel Montel, Sweden) – under their portmanteau moniker – Eskostatic.
This Road Trip album surfaces from pure Ambient Electronica to deliver undulating Downtempo, inviting curvy basslines and morphing cadences to meddle with crafty rhythms, airy pads and rich modular tweaks.
Serpentines & Valleys is brimming with emotions, stirring melodies and lush soundscapes which reveal an inventive and mesmerizing tale.
The artwork was created with argentic pictures by Kolkata based photographer Jayanta Roy.
Released July 24, 2019
All tracks written & produced by Marcel Montel & Martin Van Rossum
Mastered by Vincent Villuis at Ultimae Studios
Artwork by Arnaud Galoppe & Vincent Villuis
Photo credits : Jayanta Roy